ON TO A WIN­NER

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GARY CAHILL be­lieves Chelsea must draw on the spirit that de­liv­ered Wem­b­ley glory if they are to reach the last eight of the Cham­pi­ons League.

Jose Mour­inho’s side face Paris St-Ger­main at Stam­ford Bridge tonight af­ter hold­ing the French side to a 1-1 draw in the first leg.

A clean sheet will see Chelsea through – and Mour­inho’s men have shown they have de­vel­oped a mean streak by reg­is­ter­ing shut-outs in their last two games.

The 2-0 Cap­i­tal One Cup fi­nal win over Tot­ten­ham de­liv­ered the first piece of sil­ver­ware of Mour­inho’s sec­ond spell in charge.

Then the Blues fol­lowed that up with a bat­tling win at West Ham, where Eden Hazard’s header was enough to se­cure a nar­row win.

Cahill said: “The cup fi­nal was huge in terms of the at­mo­sphere around the club and the dress­ing room.

“We were des­per­ate as a team, as a squad, to win that game.

“It’s the first time this group – a newish group formed at the start of last sea­son and be­fore this sea­son – has reached the end of a com­pe­ti­tion to­gether.

“We are very proud of win­ning our first tro­phy as a group to­gether and get­ting that win at West Ham – but they’re gone.

“All that is on our minds now is the PSG game. That’s all we are think­ing about in the days lead­ing up to it.”

Chelsea had a free week­end, so have FROGGY STYLE: Marco Ver­ratti in­sists PSG are now a bet­ter team had seven days’ prepa­ra­tion ahead of the PSG clash.

And Cahill added: “We have had more time than we usu­ally would to rest up and pre­pare in train­ing be­fore the game.

“We’ve been able to re­ally work on spe­cific things in prepa­ra­tion for it.

“We know the qual­ity of PSG and the job that lies ahead of us. It’s go­ing to be like a fi­nal, a big one-off game.

“We’ll be ready to go out there and give it ev­ery­thing we have to get us into the next round.”

Chelsea knocked PSG out of the com­pe­ti­tion last sea­son, re­cov­er­ing af­ter los­ing 3-1 in the first leg.

But the French side’s mid­fielder Marco Ver­ratti in­sisted: “Our team is dif­fer­ent this sea­son. It is per­haps bet­ter and we can use the ex­pe­ri­ence of last sea­son.

“Last year, we went there to de­fend and waited for the game to fin­ish as quickly as pos­si­ble, and per­haps that’s why we were caught out.

“We have to avoid putting too much pres­sure on our­selves. Ev­ery­one has a dif­fer­ent way of pre­par­ing for a game.

“We have to go there as calmly as pos­si­ble with­out deny­ing that pres­sure ex­ists.

“Chelsea are prob­a­bly stronger than last year. They were very ac­tive in the trans­fer mar­ket and brought in some great play­ers, like Cesc Fabre­gas.”

Ne­manja Matic is set to re­turn to the Chelsea line-up af­ter serv­ing a two-match sus­pen­sion.

The mid­fielder missed the Cap­i­tal One Cup fi­nal and the Premier League win at West Ham for his send­ing-off against Burn­ley.

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